PARKERSBURG - With Christmas less than three weeks away, those who have died or make a difference in others' lives were honored in a program presented by the Camden Clark Foundation Wednesday.
Kim Couch, director of the Camden Clark Foundation, said the fourth annual "Lighting the Way" in the lobby of the hospital's south tower was both a memorial and honoraria.
"Mostly it is a memorial," she said. "We've already had more than 300 names submitted in memory and in honor of family or friends and we will continue to add names."
Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
Soloists from the Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus performing at the “Lighting the Way” are, from left, Rachael Puls, Kendall Ferrebee, Victoria Smith and Matthew Lebo.
Couch said the names will be displayed in the hospital.
Proceeds raised from the luminaria will go the Diabetes Wellness and Education Fund at the hospital, she said.
Mike King, CEO and president of Camden Clark Medical Center, said the blue lights on the two-story tree in the south tower represent physicians, while the smaller blue lights represent the employees and volunteers and the white lights represent the community.
King said the candles and tree serve as a reminder of those who are no longer with us and to think about how to make a difference in the lives of loved ones.
The boys' quartet of the Smoot Theatre Children's Chorus performed an updated version of "Jingle Bells" at the event.
Soloists from the Smoot Theatre Children's Chorus also performed at the "Lighting the Way."
The ceremony ended with the reading of the names of those honored with the luminarias.